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SUTTON by J.R. Moehringer

Long before Lehman Bros. nearly cratered the global financial system, before Citibank and Bank of America became too big to fail, before a J.P. Morgan trader lost billions seemingly overnight, and before a sitting president publicly disparaged "fat cat" bankers, Americans have hated banks and the people who run them. Former journalist J.R. Moehringer, the author of the memoir "The Tender Bar" and co-author of "Open," by Andre Agassi, harnesses that persistent antipathy in his debut novel, "Sutton," a gripping yarn about the real-life bank robber Willie Sutton.

 

"Sutton" is rigorously researched and colorfully reimagined, and its protagonist is shockingly lovable. Sutton was, after all, the convict who, when asked why he robbed banks responded (probably apocryphally): "That's where the money is." Moehringer's novel is built on a foundation of solid facts, and his timing is impeccable. There couldn't possibly be a better moment for a sympathetic narrative about a one-man Occupy movement who did more than protest against pernicious banks.



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Sutton-by-J-R-Moehringer-3884697.php#ixzz2VDJ7zQrN

 

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  • Kathy

    Thought-provoking discussion that still has me thinking this morning! Thank you Peter and everyone for making this newcomer feel so welcome.

    August 1, 2013

    • Mary M.

      Kathy, you are so welcome to the group. I'm glad it's got you thinking!

      August 1, 2013

  • Phyllis

    I'll second David's comments. Hey Peter....perhaps John Kerry should give you a call. Great discussion.

    August 1, 2013

  • David S.

    Enjoyable book to be taken with a grain of salt.

    August 1, 2013

  • David S.

    Peter, you did a marvelous job of leading the group to solicit comments and allow everyone to have an opportunity to speak. Your patience with the assistant manager regarding the room switch has resulted in my submitting your name for consideration as a lead negotiator in the Middle East. Again, thanks for your efforts. The group's comments and observations changed the way I looked at the book. This is a great group of people who hold divergent thoughts which are expressed civilly.

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • Peter

    The book was generally well liked and gave an interesting insight into an American master criminal of notoriety and some level of popularity. Provoked plenty of good discussion points. Great group of people who offered a great deal to the lively debate!

    July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    unexpected issue has come up

    July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first meetup with this book group. I haven't finished the book - okay that I still attend? (Some book groups are strict about having finished the selection.)

    1 · July 30, 2013

    • Tod M.

      Totally fine...

      2 · July 30, 2013

    • Mary M.

      People come with partial reads all the time. Finish after. The conversation will help.

      July 30, 2013

  • Amy

    Wish I could be there! :( Coming back next month for sure!

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a work event pop up. Look forward to the next one!

    July 30, 2013

  • Clay W.

    Unexpected change to my schedule -- sorry to miss.

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry! Just haven't had time to read this one...

    July 28, 2013

  • Lisa

    Nice talk by the author with an interesting twist towards the end.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHttysbaoCk

    2 · July 23, 2013

  • Christine

    I have to be out of town for work:(
    Sorry to miss out-

    July 12, 2013

  • Tod M.

    I'm coming, even though I have no antipathy toward banks. :)

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Kathy

    I'm looking forward to joining this group!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    my father quotes that Willie Sutton all the time every time the TV mentions another financial scandal

    1 · June 4, 2013

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